As author Barbara Kingsolver promotes her latest best-seller in interviews around the country, she mentions the help she received from Sweet Briar research professor of biology Lincoln Brower and his wife, Duberg Professor of Ecology Linda Fink.
Alexandra Gold DiFeleceantonio ’08 is the lead author behind a recent study that explains why we can’t stop eating chocolate — among other things. The study, undertaken by scientists from the University of Michigan, was published in the journal Current Biology and is featured in an article in the Smithsonian’s online magazine and at scientificamerican.com.
Soon, cownose rays will be arriving at their summer breeding ground in the Chesapeake Bay. They swarm into the Bay, by some estimates in the millions, setting up an inevitable clash between man and fish that seems to escalate with each migration. The rays — big mollusk-eating predators — are blamed for harming commercial [...]
Once a year, Sweet Briar bestows upon a senior its highest honor, the Presidential Medal. Alexandra St. Pierre accepted this year’s medal from President Jo Ellen Parker on Wednesday, March 21, during the Academic Recognition Dinner. The annual event also celebrates first-year honors and dean’s list students. Speculation is typically rampant as the ritual ceremony [...]
Sweet Briar biology professor John Morrissey will kick off the Great Decisions Lecture Series 2012 with his presentation “State of the Oceans” at 3 p.m. this Thursday, Feb. 2 in the Lynchburg Public Library Community Room, 2315 Memorial Ave. Great Decisions is a national, civic education program that encourages participants to learn about U.S. foreign [...]
Kimberly Leach Burge says Sweet Briar stoked her love for “all things reptiles and amphibians,” but lately she’s developed a fondness for Boykin spaniels, too. The 2000 biology graduate is a wildlife education specialist for the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission. The spaniels have become an important asset to her work with a statewide project [...]
Maryanne Grey ’12 chooses lunch carefully on days that she is working on her senior independent study research. Sorting through the semi-digested contents of cownose ray stomachs and intestines is smelly work. “I try to eat something that if I was to get sick, I wouldn’t mind it coming back up,” she says. Once past [...]
Biology major Kendall Harris’ interest in veterinary medicine led her all the way to California this summer, where she is working in the Oakland Zoo’s 12-week Zookeeper Intern Program. Harris, a rising junior, is chronicling some of her activities on her blog, A Day at the Zoo. She has been assigned to care for a [...]
Sweet Briar College’s Janet Steven is enjoying the perks of being a Fine Fellow. First, the fellowship came with equipment and training on the GigaPan system, a pioneering tool that has been making headlines in the scientific community. It combines a robotic camera mount and software that stitches together thousands of photographs taken with an [...]